Greer LeRoy advances to state poetry competition
February 9, 2017
Greer LeRoy has advanced to the state Poetry Out Loud competition for a second straight year after recently winning the regional competition in Pittsburgh.
Greer, a junior majoring in literary arts and theater, represented Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School for the second year in a row at the regional competition on Feb. 4 at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Theater.
Competitors had to memorize and recite poems in front of a panel of three interpretation judges, an accuracy judge and a prompter. Students from eight western Pennsylvania schools participated in the contest, two more schools than last year.
Greer recited "Holy Sonnets: Death, Be Not Proud" by John Donne, "What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why," by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and "They are Hostile Nations," by Margaret Atwood.
As regional champion, Greer now advances to the state competition on March 6 in Harrisburg at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. State-level winners move on to the national championship April 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
Greer earned first place in Lincoln Park's Poetry Out Loud competition in December after reciting two poems. English teacher and department chairwoman, Melissa Potts, organized the in-house competition for ninth- through 12th-graders.
Potts introduced the contest to Lincoln Park last year, when Greer won the local, regional and state Poetry Out Loud competition. She then advanced to the second round of the national championship in Washington, D.C. Greer said she feels some pressure to live up to the same potential this year.
"I feel a little less nervous than I thought I would. It just sort of feels like a repeat almost, with winning," Greer said. "Then again, it's scary because if I go and then I don't win, am I living up to what I thought I could do?"
Greer enjoys reading poetry and writing creative nonfiction and fiction.
Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life, according to the Poetry Out Loud website.
Lincoln Park junior Greer LeRoy at last year's Poetry Out Loud national competition in Washington, D.C.
About Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School (www.lppacs.org) is a Pennsylvania public school providing a state-approved academic program and pre-professional training for grades 7-12 in music, theater, dance, creative writing, health science arts and media arts. The school enrolls students from more than 65 surrounding school districts.
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